CHAT BENCH INSTALLED IN BRIDGWATER LIBRARY
The Rotary Club of Bridgwater has sponsored the instalment of a new ‘chat bench’ in the foyer of the Bridgwater Library which is designed to help combat loneliness and get people talking. The bench, made by the Bridgwater Man Shed, is in addition to one they have already installed in Rhode Lane and is intended for people using it to signal to others that they are happy to connect with a conversation or even just to say ‘hello’. The benefits of such benches have been demonstrated by similar initiatives elsewhere in the country which have shown them to be beneficial to mental health. Ute Smeed, this year’s President of the Rotary Club said “Some people may go days or even weeks without any contact with other people and many people are living in increased social isolation. The chat benches seek to break down that social isolation and encourage community interaction. By sitting on the bench, you’re signalling that you’re open to a friendly talk. You may learn something new, brighten someone’s day or even make a new friend”.
For further information on the above contact Mike Robbins, Bridgwater Rotary Club, on 07973310335